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Suns may have to match max contract for Eric Bledsoe

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05:12 PM ET 02.13 | The Phoenix Suns are one of the more surprising teams to watch this season and their rise in the Western Conference has made a lot of people root for them to continue tearing through the conference on their way to a deep playoff run. One of the reasons the team may be good long-term is because of point guard Eric Bledsoe, who has battled injuries but has given Suns fans a lot to be hopeful for. This offseason will see plenty of teams throw money at Bledsoe to try and get him off the Suns roster, as Bledsoe is set to become a restricted free agent. Phoenix has said that they'll match any offer for Bledsoe and Joel Brigham from Basketball Insiders states the Suns may have to pay a pretty penny to keep Bledsoe.

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February 13, 2014  08:31 PM ET

I think he will get paid but it will be on the 10-11mill/yr deal. How many teams are willing to kick out that type of money on a PG? The pg position is the most deepest position in the league and I like Bledsoe but I don't see a team offering max. If I had to guess who would offer that money is Orlando and perhaps Lakers. I really doubt the Lakers as they probably targeting cheaper options.

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February 14, 2014  02:01 AM ET

Restricted FA is GREAT for PHX. Let the market decide his value and then match it. NO ONE will offer him max $

February 14, 2014  08:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Restricted FA is GREAT for PHX. Let the market decide his value and then match it. NO ONE will offer him max $

agree-
don't offer a guy who's started like 20 games in his career a max

February 14, 2014  09:07 AM ET

Come Back To LA, Bro.

February 14, 2014  09:58 AM ET

Yeah, this guy is a super player. A difference maker. I'm sure a lot of teams will attempt to sway him with money. Dragan is the other guard on Pheonix roster; and he's super good also.

February 14, 2014  12:32 PM ET

Suns may match, but if another team's offer is too high, they are just as likely to pass.

Suns have 4 first round picks in the 2014 draft. The draft and another big is where they will focus their $$.

 
February 14, 2014  01:49 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

agree- don't offer a guy who's started like 20 games in his career a max

The issue isn't so much that he's only started 20 games in his career; because he spent all of his first 3 seasons behind PGs who may end up being HoF'ers.

The issue is that in his first season to shine as a starter, he's only played >25 games out of the 52 games his team has had.

Based on > 25 games.....and the 18 pts/5 asts he's averaged, I don't see a team offering him a max unless they're sure Phoenix will match it and tie up the payroll flexibility for the next 4-5 years.

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